According to ComicBook.com on Friday, at an interview in New York while Stan Lee was visiting the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. venue, he was asked about Edgar Wright's departure as director of "Ant-Man." Lee as being diplomatic as he's always been when answering negative situations, didn't lay blame. In fact, he felt that the film will still be good when the movie debuts.
A couple of other directors had their say in regards to Wright leaving "Ant-Man." "Guardians of the Galaxy's" James Gunn expressed his view that the situation could be comparable to that of a couple breaking up. He expressed there are just some couples that aren't necessarily a good fit, even though that they appear to be doing well to other onlookers. Apparently, Wright's vision of the film was not in the same wheel house as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's vision, so he moved on.
"Avengers: Age of Ultron's" Joss Whedon had his reaction to Wright's split with Marvel as well. Whedon had posted a picture of him holding something above his head. It was a Cornetto ice cream product. It looked to be more of a tribute to Wright and his previous works as coined the nomenclature of the "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy. Otherwise known as the three films, "Shaun of the Dead", "Hot Fuzz", and "The World's End."
Lee did have some words to say about Wright's moving on as he recalls having lunch with the director:
"I’m sorry about that. I had lunch with him, I met him, he was so excited about it. That was over a year ago. But they’re still making the movie I understand, and it’ll be a great movie because, again, the special effects you can imagine them – a guy this big crawling around the room, people about to step on him. It’ll be great."
Wright has been involved with the "Ant-Man" project for around nine years which puts this pursuit prior to the release of the first "Iron Man" movie. There was a time that the film was put on hiatus and the crew left in "limbo" as there was an attempt to re-write the script. Upon presenting the draft to Wright, needless to say, it just didn't suit the vision of the director.
The good news is, Marvel Studios already has a selection going for a replacement with director Rawson Marshall Thurber as the front runner. "Ant-Man" is scheduled to be released in theaters come July 17, 2015.